Happy Thanksgiving! »
Dear Fangirlish Readers,
We’re walking away from our computers today – to eat and spend time with family. There also may be a trip to a casino in there somewhere. But that is neither here or there. (pray I win big).
A lot keeps changing for us – but we have never forgotten what we do this for, and that’s for you. Each one of you has a special place in our hearts. We do our best to keep up on all the news, and all the stuff that we obsess over. (Sorry – not really- about my One Direction addiction).
We wouldn’t keep growing if it wasn’t for you – and we are so thankful for each and every one of you. You can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – and we will answer as soon as we can.
We couldn’t do this without or amazing staff – who we will never be able to thank enough. Each and every one of you is a light and important part of our lives. We are thankful for you!
Here’s to an amazing Holiday Season. Much love to all of you and your families.
Erin and Elena
What Is It That Makes A Fandom Roar? My Thoughts… »
I will be the first to tell you that there are many things that I suck at. But for some reason that part of me that never wanted to grow up has excelled and I am in my <censored> year of my 21st birthday and whereas all my friends are getting married and having kids – I am engrossed in books and pop culture. I spend my life catching up on the latest that Jennifer Lawrence has said or figuring out ways that we can make sexual innuendos over shirtless pictures of Chris Hemsworth.
I am essentially a 16 year old girl with responsibilities.
I didn’t start in fandoms with Harry Potter – I started with Twilight and have grown into many more. I have been privileged to be involved with almost every fandom and can tell you where some went wrong and some went right. I read more fan sites then I do news sites. I can tell you more about the various stages of Danila Kozlovsky’s hair growth or Jamie Campbell Bower’s tattoos then I can tell you about Obamacare. Some of my friends make fun of me for it.
But they all get excited over the possibilities and when I call them and get them into something, that inner repressed 16 year old reigns free.
So I ask you – because I ask myself the same question- What makes a good fandom? I don’t believe that a fandom finds you, I believe that you find your fandom. Certain things call out to certain people, and what one of us may love, the next one of us may not. Continue Reading…
Want to Fangirl With Us? Well – We are Looking for YOU! »
Fangirlish is growing and we are looking for people! Please know that this is a volunteer position, and where as we wish that we could pay you – we don’t make money.
We are looking for people to write about the fandoms that they love. We ask that you be able to write at least 2-3 a day. We are easy going- but would like people who can devote some time to the site. We don’t require the standard 300 word article – but will ask that each article contain atleast 100 words.
If you are covering a TV show, we would ask that you recap it weekly.
But most of all, we want you to have fun. Fangirlish is a place to have fun. We want you to talk about what you love. After all, that’s the best parts of being a fan!
If you are interested, CLICK HERE.
Letters From Fangirlish: My Typical Day »
Blogging is hard work. I have said it before and I will say it again. But here’s what a typical day is like (well for me).
5am – Alarm Goes off and I hit snooze a few times.
5:20 – Get out of bed and perform morning rituals of hygiene and grab caffiene.
5:40 – Turn on computer at desk.
5:55 – Log into all 15 emails that are needed. Someone has inevitably sent an email they won something less than 2 hours ago, and are wondering why it’s not at their house in New Dehli yet.
6:10 – Grab breakfast and return to desk.
6:15- Start fielding google alerts. Make a list of things that need to be posted and which site they need to be posted on. Realize that you own way too many sites.
6:40 – Post a few articles, and schedule what I can for the day. At the same time, wonder who has the audacity to call me this early.
7:00 – Start regular job of managing people’s social media. Social Media isn’t just posting stuff. It’s analyzing trends, coming up with ideas. Making sure that you are up on the latest that can affect their brand. You realize everything can – and you curse Google for having an alert system, cause Google has literally made you their bitch.
7:40 – Open twitter so that you can see all of the news outlets – in case something big happens that you need to post. You realize your friends have actual lives and you find no comfort in their pictures/tweets, cause you shoulda been there for whatever it was.
9:00 – Take a break from job to field more google alerts and write more articles. Once again – you wonder if you should break up with google.
10:00 – Emails have been coming in for a few hours. Start fielding emails. Someone has inevitably emailed thinking that you are some celebrity and want to know why you did something you didn’t do.
10:03 – Have first emotional breakdown of the day. Continue Reading…
Book to Movie Adaptations – An Author Is The Last Person You Should Blame If You Don’t Like It »
I get it. I understand it. Everyone has an opinion and everyone is entitled to one. But the online backlash against YA Movies has officially irked me.
I am the type of person that is more star struck by an author than an actor. When I met Stephenie Meyer, I fangirled. When I met Jamie Campbell Bower, I was like “What’s Up?” I know that I have had the pleasure of meeting many authors and have been blessed to work on many movie adaptations. Most of the time I can tell you what will and won’t be accepted by fans with my eyes closed.
And that’s only because I have been around.
My job is being tuned into fandoms. My job is to know everything that I can about Young Adult Books and Pop Culture. I read everything I can and I troll forums, blogs, and twitter reading what the world is into.
Can I tell you what is wrong with some of the latest YA Movie Adaptations? Yes, I can. But can I also tell you what is right. And I can tell you some of what is wrong – is us. We go into every movie expecting it to be the same. We read the book, we get ready, and we want it to bounce of the page to us. So the first person to blame quite frankly – is us.
In any movie – you have to be able to separate the source material from the movie. I will be the first to say that erroneous liberties taken with any book to movie property are not okay. I will also be the first to tell you that I understand that sometimes there are liberties to be taken in order to condense the book into a workable script. I will be the first to understand that a 500 page book can’t fit into two hours.
I will also be the first to never blame the author that sold their book. While we can all rush to judgement, and say that they should have known, that they should have creative control – that’s not the way the world works. Weither it’s a movie based on a book or on a script nine times out of ten the writer of the movie or the script isn’t on set. They can offer input or notes, but ultimately – there is a lot of people that have their say over the script and what gets put in and what stays out. The writer is not the top man on the totem pole.
I have worked on movies and I have worked with authors. I mean if we all want to get frank – the first Twilight sucked. It’s shaky cam, blue lens shooting made me physically want to vomit. But what happened – I loved the series enough that I went back and I was so actively involved with the Twilight Fandom. With every movie that happened, Twilight upped it’s game. Hunger Games was excellent, but the trailer for Catching Fire is better than the first movie.
When an authors properties is optioned, they give up certain rights. It’s a sacrifice that they make in order for the project to be brought to the screen. When we campaign for a movie to be made, when fans through themselves behind it, they make concessions to make sure that they will accept changes in order for it to be made.
Ultimately – it’s the studio with the power. They are paying for it, they are paying for the actors, the movie, and everything in between. Fans can voice what they want – but its the studio that can make the decision of what gets done.
I get it, people want to place blame. But the author of a book is the last place it should fall. The movie studio isn’t going to be able to please all of us, because we all interpret books a different way. And that’s part of the love of a book. There is nothing wrong with that.
So as you are writing tweets, facebook posts, and everything else – think before you write. Just because you have the means to say something – doesn’t give you the right to attack someone.
How Do You Choose A Fandom to Love? »
Oooh it’s swoony time. SWOON. I wrote an article about the truth about running fan sites. And it seemed to get a pretty good response, but one question that someone asked that I had to answer was “How do you choose which fandoms to cover?”
Answer: I don’t.
Yes, I own this and can put whatever I want up. But what I want up and what you want up can be different. Yes I choose what I write about, but I also have people that work on this site, that like things that are different then me. They write about those things and I write about what I love. And sometimes that overlaps, and they write about the stuff I write about too.
What I think the better question is – How do you decide what fandoms you love?
I am a speed reader. So lets take books for example. I read about fourty books a month. I can’t get enough of the written word. I find authors to be my rock stars. When I met Sarah Dessen, I honestly thought I was going to faint. Her book “This Lullaby” – I have read that book a million times. I love it. When I met Robert Pattinson I was like “Hey”.
I was less impressed by Edward. It’s okay, judge me.
So how do I chose what I love?
(1) The book has to capture me with in the first 15 pages. If it doesn’t I am setting it down. When I read Divergent, I instantly connected with Tris’ want to be more then she is. City of Bones – I understood Clary’s issues with parent. Beautiful Bastard – I have been attracted to a dickhead boss (and no, we didn’t sleep together, or end up together, but hey I was intrigued). The list goes on and on. But I want the book to capture me. The best example I can think of for a recent book – The Fault in Our Stars. I read the first five pages, and I knew that Hazel Grace would have been my friend, she got what having cancer was like.
(2) There needs to be romance. And I am not talking sex. I don’t give a shit about who is boinking who. BUT I am telling you when there is some will they/won’t they – I am trying to figure that shit out. I am a girl, I want the angst. I want to be like ooh no girl, he’s not the one or he is the. I wanna root for someone or root against someone. Continue Reading…
The Truth About Running A Fan Site: Six Pieces of Advice »
My friends tell me that my life is really easy. I admit that I do what I love. I spend all day on social media and searching the interwebz for shiznet that I like to Fangirl over. I’m not a kid, but I am obsessed with books and the fandoms that come a long with them. Ask me what the square root of 368 is and I will pull out a calculator, but ask me about if Katniss should choose Peeta or Gale, I can talk in detail. I am a geek. And I love every second about that.
I know more about Facebook and Twitter then one should, and can cover tumblr in under five to find the perfect piece of fan art to accompany some article about some celebrity doing something so stupid I wonder if they were dropped on their head.
I admit I am blessed.
But being a know it all about fandoms is some hard fucking work. Yes, I cuss. Sorry, I’m not sorry. In between trying to keep up on all the news – I read 40 books a month, field over 10,000 emails a month, have to try to keep up on twitter, tumblr, Facebook. I have to keep the world happy, when I am like “Yo! Where is my Vodka?”
Some form of electronic is always glued to my hand and if I can’t get to the internet… Continue Reading…
FANGIRL LETTER: My Open Letter to the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch »
As many of you know, I write open letters to celebrities. I say what I want, and I try and make it funny and light. However, today I have decided to write a letter to the CEO of Abercrombie. Many are familiar with his remarks about fat people.
I am fat. And it pissed me off.
Dear Mike Jeffries,
I am going to make the assumption that you are a smart man because you are a CEO. However, I am also going to assume that you are not that smart. Why is that? Well, your recent comments about the type of people you want shopping in your store, are some of most naive and insulting comments that I have ever read.
I am fat. My stomach, my arms, hell even my fingers are fat. My arms wave back to people. My thighs rub together. But that doesn’t make me a bad person or a not so cool kid.
I will not deny that I walk past Abercrombie stores and stare at the models and think ‘Dear God, he is hot!’. You Mr. Jeffries, may think because I tip the scale at over 250 pounds, that the boys with the six pack abs won’t even look at me. You are wrong. Not everyone is like you, they don’t see fat as being uncool or defining a person.
They recognize that there is a lot more to a person than the weight of their body.
Apparently you said in an interview, “he doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store. He wants thin and beautiful people. He doesn’t want his core customers to see people who aren’t as hot as them wearing his clothing. People who wear his clothing should feel like they’re one of the ‘cool kids.’”
I came to terms a long time ago that I wasn’t one of the cool kids. I wasn’t going to be out every Friday and Saturday night, I wasn’t going to be heading to dances, and I wasn’t going to sit at the head table at lunch. THEN I GREW UP. I embraced who I am. I moved forward.
I never let being fat define me and I never let it stop me from what I wanted to do.
I may not have been one of the ‘cool kids’. I may have been teased relentlessly by the kids at school. But I can pretty much tell you that I am one of the ‘cool kids’ now, and I don’t rock Abercrombie. I rock Lane Bryant and Old Navy. I interview celebrities and visit movie sets. I stand on red carpets. I get hired to do social media for various events and celebrities. I run some pretty successful websites.
I was interviewed by MTV a few weeks ago. How many of the ‘cool kids’ can tell me that happened to them. I attend premieres that people would kill to attend. And you know what, I did it all by being fat.
Being fat and not wearing Abercrombie hasn’t impaired my life. I know that I will encounter people like you daily who judge me for my weight. But stare and judge all you want – because me and my fat rolls will be moving on to bigger and better things.
You said “You don’t alienate anybody, you don’t excite anybody either.” Well you didn’t excite me. You pissed me off. And well you know what they say, there is nothing in the world worse than a woman scorn.
This Fat Fangirl